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Ingredients

Filling:
2-1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup hot water
1-1/3 cups sugar
1-1/3 cups chopped dates
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Base and topping:
3/4 cup butter
1-1/4 cups light brown sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Instructions

To make filling, melt chocolate in hot water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add dates. Cook over low heat until thick or about 5 minutes. Blend in 1/4 cup butter. Add vanilla. Cool. To make base and topping, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. In separate bowl, mix flour, salt and soda. Add to creamed mixture, blending well. Add oats. Mix until crumbly. Press half into bottom of greased 9x13-inch pan. Spread date mixture on top. Top with remaining crumbs. Bake uncovered in 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Partially cool and cut into bars.

Rochelle Gunneman
Hampton



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